I just checked out Anne Dodson's site. It's her name, then dot com. She has several samples of pages from both books along with audio samples to match. The page numbers are quite high in them so there seems to be a lot in each book. It looks like she goes quite far along in Book 1 and she does chording in the samples. Both books seem quite impressive. Pricey, but worthwhile. I, too, tend to buy books too much so those samples tell me these are worth having. Darn! And I'm trying to save for a better dulcimer! I printed out the sample pages and downloaded the audio files to use. I'll try them tomorrow (Oops, today). Hope this helps, Cheryl
Good for you for deciding what's right for you. I hope Book 2 gives you the help you're looking for. I apologize for my advice being useful at all. Not quite sure how it warranted such a sarcastic reaction, especially without elaboration, but ok. My opinion is just one opinion so it's not a big deal or anything. Happy playing.
updated by @yeahsureok: 10/22/18 09:00:54AM
Hoped Anne Dodson's "Field Guide To The Mountain Dulcimer" Book 1 and Book 2, published earlier this year were familiar to someone here. YepSureOK, your "handle" here kind of matches my Yeahrightsure reaction. You may indeed be right, but I think I'll try the other route of getting Book 2 & see if I can manage since the author seems to review in it & also doesn't give that Table of Contents she mentions nor other answers. Ken, thanks for your familiarity with hearing her. My bibliomaniacal tendencies lead to buying so many books & I must do what I can to keep it down...Even if I drop hints to get it as a present, there's still a limit to how many books I can house. (Kinda like a limit on how many instruments & songs I can play.)
As a side note, I bought this mug from a local bookseller moving out of her house. Only later that day did I learn the artist, Edward Gorey, died that same day. "So many books, so little time" is certainly true, even for music books.
I'm not the most experienced player and I'm not an instructor, so you can take my opinion with a grain of salt, but I think it'd be worth it to get book 1. Especially if there is any aspects of the basics in your playing you feel could use more work. Plus, I find it helpful, atleast for myself, to explore different styles and techniques of various different instructors, and compare their methods to one another. That's the learning approach I've been taking over the 2 years I've been playing, and I feel like it's helped me to learn what all a dulcimer is capable of and to develop my own playing style.
I did indeed Google her & have questions after looking at her 2 books pdfs. I'm uncertain if I should buy Book 1 or can start on 2 &, from her comments I suspect I'm not the only one. She doesn't give a Table of Contents for either & says she wrote many original tunes to teach techniques. I started with Ionian noter/drone & can manage Mixolydian tab, but don't know chords & am sure there's more right hand work to learn. In Book 2, at the risk of giving too much of her text (which she posts in her sample) she starts with my question & says:
Google her. The lady has a quite extensive international performance reputation -- over 20 years. Not all fabulous dulcimer players are part of the "mainstream" dulcimer culture. There are a number, like Anne, and a guy I met recently named Andru Bemis from New York, who travel and perform the 'house concert' circuit playing dulcimer along with other instruments
Since I picked up the dulcimer, i've been working on building a library of instructional and technique books. I recently saw on Amazon two new books. "Field Guide To The Mountain Dulcimer" Book 1 and Book 2, published March and April of this year. They were written by Anne Dodson. I am not familiar with Anne Dodson as a player or teacher. Has anyone ever heard of her? I plan to look for her next time I get on youtube, if I think about it. They look like they could be really good books. Has anyone else looked at them or used them?